How to stay safe amongst the clouds

cloudIt’s Cyber Security Awareness month, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to stay safe when using the ‘cloud’. In its simplest form, the cloud is used to house information, documents, etc. on the internet. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are examples of storage sites that let you save and share your materials through the cloud.

While it is great technology that can help us stay de-cluttered and organized,  it’s important to take precautions. Check out these tips below to keep your information safe when in the clouds:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords on your accounts. Change your password if you see it on this list of the 500 most common passwords.
  2. Avoid letting your browser save your passwords.
  3. Ensure website URLs contain HTTPS when accessing personal information over public Wi-Fi networks.
  4. Install apps from official app stores.
  5. Read permission requests before installing apps to ensure the information they’re accessing is appropriate.
  6. Always log out of sites completely when you’re finished.
  7. Install the latest app and operating system updates for your device.
  8. Enable password locks on your device. Check out how to enable passwords for your iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  9. Don’t upload information to the cloud if you want to keep it private.

To learn more about how to stay safe when staying connected check out Tell us, what steps are you taking to stay cloud safe.

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Weekend Reading: Full-season hockey, Nokia Lumia 830 and Facebook safety

Weekend readingIt’s Friday – time for your Weekend Reading. Check out below to see if you’re eligible for a full-season of hockey access, learn about a new smartphone and how Facebook is protecting you!

Hockey access across all platforms

We started the week off right – sharing exciting news with our customers. Select customers (further outlined in our post) will now get a full free-season’s pass toRogers NHL™ GameCentre LIVE™ and/or  NHL™ Centre Ice. For example if you have a Share Everything plan, you can now get a free subscription to  Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, with GamePlus™ of course, until the end of the season, including playoffs.

Check out for more details. A reminder that Rogers wireless data and internet customers will continue to get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

How will you use Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ to complement your TV watching experience?

Get the latest Windows phone now

The Nokia Lumia 830 launched in Rogers stores and on today. While I’m still exploring the ins and outs of the device, so far I’ve seen some great features including a 10-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a choice of over 350,000 apps. We’re carrying the device in black with a green back cover but if that doesn’t strike your fancy, you’ll also receive an exclusive free black cover in the box.

What have you heard about this smartphone?

Facebook keeping you safe

Facebook shared today that they’re taking steps to keep your passwords safe. As described by Business Insider – Facebook has developed a process that actively monitors news of huge security breaches and if it finds a hacked password, it will disable the password and notify the account holder. Fear not; this is a completely automated process that doesn’t require Facebook to know or store your actual Facebook password. Facebook users should already ensure their passwords are both unique and complex – however, here is added support to keep your data, pictures, conversations, etc. safe!

Tell us, what steps do you take to stay Facebook safe?

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Full-season hockey access for Rogers customers

RGCL100What an exciting week – the NHL hockey season has begun! Fans are sporting jerseys around town, hockey pools have ramped up and Canadians are turning to their mobiles and tablets to watch our nation’s game.

Even with the puck drop behind us, we’ve got more plays on the way to keep our customers cheering.

Here are two awesome pieces of news  - so hot for fans, they may melt the ice:

1) Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE
Rogers customers with the following services can now get a free subscription to  Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, with GamePlus™ of course, until the end of the season, including playoffs:

  • Wireless:
    •  Share Everything Plan
  • OR
  • Internet (Ontario):
    • Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above
  • Internet (Atlantic):
    • Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above

Past December 31, 2014 these customers can continue to use smartphones, tablets, desktops, and other devices like Roku and XBOX 360,  to watch tons of regular season games, plus big-ticket events like the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the 2015 NHL® All-Star Game. Don’t forget to also check out the GamePlus experience, with innovative camera angles (like the Ref Cam), on-demand replays and behind-the-scenes content, exclusive to Rogers customers.

2) NHL® Centre Ice
As shared in a previous post hockey fans had a freeview of NHL® Centre Ice ending today – but the action doesn’t stop. Starting today, Rogers customers with the accounts listed below will continue to get NHL® Centre Ice:

  • TV:
    • Digital VIP or higher
  • AND
  • Internet (Ontario):
    • Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
  • Internet (Atlantic):
    • Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme customers and above

Learn more about our Internet and Share Everything plans that will keep you game ready. Customers who are not eligible for the above, can still purchase Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and NHL® Centre Ice to continue to watch the remainder of 2014/2015 season. Check out for more details. A reminder that Rogers wireless data and internet customers will continue to get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

Tell us, what are your traditions in how you watch the game? What device are you using?

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Weekend Reading: Rewards, ref helmet cams, and more

Here is a Saturday edition of the Weekend Reading. Check out the below to learn about new rewards, GamePlus and record breaking views.

Weekend readingReward Yourself With A Shopping Channel Gift Card

It’s to get yourself a brand new, stink-free, jersey . Rogers customers can now redeem Rogers First Rewards points for Shopping Channel gift cards. These gift cards can be used towards all products, however, given the season I suggest checking out the NHL merchandise, including jerseys, accessories, family products and more.

How will you be using your points?

Seeing the world from the Ref’s POV

This week we announced a whole new way for you to watch the hockey game – GamePlus™. As explored further in our post, GamePlus is a part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and is  available exclusively to Rogers customers.  It lets you choose how you watch the hockey game with your choice of innovative camera feeds, multi-angle replays and behind-the-scenes action right from your smartphones, tablets and computers.

What camera are you most excited for?

We love our nation’s game on all platforms

As we shared in our post– this week marked the first Scotia Wednesday Night Hockey of the 2014/15 season. Canadians tuned in on multiple platforms in record numbers. The night was the most watched broadcast  in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.  Using Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ , roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey plus 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay.

What device did you use to watch the game?

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Are you catching the hockey action? Don’t miss out!

On Wednesday night, players hit the ice for the first NHL games of the season – and what a night it was! I sat back on my couch and watched the Leafs on TV, while also pulling up awesome new GamePlus™ angles from my tablet. I was certainly not alone; Canadians watch the game in record numbers on all platforms!

Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey was the most watched broadcast in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.  Fans also took to their devices to watch the game. Roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey last night with Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. Canadians streamed more than 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay. GamePlus also had fans cheering, with the debut of the Ref cam stirring up lots of online excitement!

If you missed out on the action not to worry – there is still time. Click here to access our Getting Started Guide to learn how to stream games based on the  device you’re using, including a desktop computer. I’ve also shared here the basic steps to get access to the app:

  • Head to
  • Click Register (top right hand corner)
  • Register for a MyRogers™ account OR if you already have one, you can skip this step
    • To note – even if you’re not a current Rogers customer, you still need to sign up for an account
  • Download the ‘NHL app’ from the Apple App Store or Google Play store
  • See the Getting Started Guide for further steps based on your device

We always love receiving your pictures and feedback. See our Storify below that showcases last night’s fan excitement for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and GamePlus!

Share with us what camera angle had you cheering!

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goaliecamThe time has come – our countdown struck 0 – today begins the ultimate 2014-15 hockey season.

Tonight the cheering starts with the Leafs vs. Habs, followed by two more action-packed games on Sportsnet™ and Sportsnet ONE (see full schedule here). It’s also our debut of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. If you haven’t already, now is the best time to get your hands on it to live stream over 1,000 games right from your smartphones, tablets and computers. We’ve provided steps on how you can get access here. Be sure you check out to ensure you are aware of blackouts, and to make sure you have the data to keep you connected.

This week we also announced GamePlus™ – an innovative experience within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ that is exclusive to Rogers wireless, cable, Internet and home phone customers. With GamePlus features fans can choose how they watch the game with access to unique camera angles, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and multi-angle replays during select regular season NHL games. During the Montreal vs Toronto game tonight you can pull up the Sky Cam to catch the action from above, the Ref Cam to see what the ref sees, and the Star Cam to follow Leaf’s forward James Van Riemsdyk. Calgary and Vancouver fans can also watch from the Ref Cam, while following Sean Monahan with the Star Cam.

If you’re in Toronto be sure to check out all of the Face-Off action happening at Yonge and Dundas square. Watch the Leafs and Habs as you celebrate our nation’s game, catch the Tragically Hip live at 6:30PM ET, and enjoy free activities and swag.

With less than 3 hours to #puckdrop we’ll make this post short! Be sure to share your experience with #RGCL, #GamePlus, and the awesome new camera angles and follow along the game action with @Sportsnet and #faceoff.

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GamePlus: The best way to watch the game online is coming to Rogers customers

goaliecam_jpgNow is your chance to watch hockey through the ref’s eyes, follow the puck up close as it travels along the boards and experience the game from behind the bench like a player. Today we unveiled GamePlus™, a part of Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ that is available exclusively to Rogers customers, and brings unique camera angles, more interviews and on-demand replays to your tablets and smartphones this season.

This is truly a game changer for hockey fans! With GamePlus you can now can choose which camera feeds to watch during select NHL regular season games each week, and even during the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, the NHL® All Star Game, and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

GamePlus lets you have the ultimate second screen viewing experience. Imagine watching the game live on your TV, and pulling up a replay or another angle on your tablet to catch the fast-moving action from the ref’s helmet or from above the goalie.

Depending on arena and game fans can look forwarding to watching the following cameras:

  • Catch the fast-paced action up and down the ice with the Sky Cam that will sit at the 200 level in the ACC;
  • We’ll have a Ref Cam installed on the referee’s helmet to skate along with the action;
  • Watch the hustle from inside the blue lines and for the first time inside the players’ bench with the POV Cam;
  • Follow a single player throughout the game with the Star Cam that spotlights on a key team member;
  • And you can experience the offensive action with Goal Line Cams that let you watch the game with a top-down view of the ice from over the net.

GamePlus will make sure you never miss a moment of the game; you can review the big plays from a choice of different angles with MyReplay.

But – it’s more than just the new angles; GamePlus will also bring fans VOD Insider Extras – previews, player and coach interviews, NHL news of the day, analysis and original video-on-demand content, produced throughout the season.

Rogers wireless, cable, internet and home phone customers who subscribe to Rogers GameCentre LIVE™ will have exclusive access to GamePlus. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is now available for download here, so get ready for puck drop. Rogers wireless data and Hi-Speed internet customers will get a free subscription until December 31st.

Here’s to an exciting season ahead! Tell us, what camera angle are you most excited for?

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Prepare for the ultimate hockey season

CaptureLess than a week until puck drop – and our offices are hustling! I’ve already seen many fans sporting their jerseys and even flags being flown from car windows. To help you gear up for the season we’ve provided tips below to get your head in the game!

Get your swag on

In my experience hockey fans are passionate! They love their favourite team(s) and want the world to know. If you want to wear your team’s colour loud and proud at puck drop, check out The Shopping Channel’s Fan Shop for branded/player/signed jerseys, hats and touques, throw blankets, watched and clocks, stem-less wine glasses, popcorn makers, and more.

Share your excitement

Pop a throat lozenge if you must, clear your throat and get ready to cheer! If we’re visiting your town during Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ Tour, your cheer may be your ticket to the NHL. Share a video of your cheer and encourage your friends and family to vote. The top five teams will be invited to take part in the festivities when we visit your town and the final team in each town will be in the running to win an ultimate hockey experience. Learn more here.

Sign up for MyRogers

As we shared in a previous post, you must have a MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, whether you’re a Rogers customer or not. Sign in to, or sign up for, MyRogers by clicking here.  Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ gives you access to over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your mobile device and Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription until December 31, 2014.*

*Standard data overage/roaming charges, blackouts and other restrictions apply. See for full details.

Prep your social feeds 

Be sure you are ready to follow fellow fans, teams and more throughout the season – we suggest creating a Twitter list to easily access the latest hockey news. See below for the top Twitter handles and lists we suggest you follow:

Tell us, do you have any traditions to get ready for puck drop?

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How to stickhandle all your hockey channels this season

gridIf you haven’t already heard there will be an incredible amount of hockey on TV this season! While, I’m always one for choice (and more hockey), it’s important to know how to easily access the games you want so you don’t miss a key play or moment. Fear not hockey-lovers, we’ve made updates to make sure fans have an awesome TV watching experience on game days.

Check out our updates: Rogers Grid – Channel 509 Not in the mood to channel surf on game night? Check out the Rogers Grid™ channel that will broadcast six NHL feeds at once for Digital TV customers in Ontario. This means fans can watch simultaneous hockey action from Sportsnet™ Ontario, Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, CBC, City, and FX Canada. Hockey fans can also tune into Sportsnews on channel 500 for even more coverage and scores.

New HD Sports Channel Lineup Your sports channels are now all in order starting from 494 to 509 in both SD and HD. With more games available as part of our Digital Basic package than ever before, and additional games available with specialty services (Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, FX Canada), we’ve put all your go-to hockey channels all in one place.

NHL® Centre Ice™ Freeview Super hockey fans can subscribe to NHL® Centre Iceto catch up to 37 regular season out-of-market games per week on their TV. If you want to check it out, you can enjoy a Centre Ice freeview from October 8 to 14. This NHL season be sure to turn on the tube as we deliver double the number of games on free over-the-air TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games. For more information visit How many hockey channels will you be watching at once?

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Weekend Reading: a BlackBerry, selfies and hockey access

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday all!  Check out the Weekend Reading below to meet the latest BB, learn about new form of selfie and more.

 Will you carry a Passport?

 BlackBerry made a splash this week, introducing its latest device – the BlackBerry® Passport. As explored in our post, the BlackBerry® Passport is a smartphone designed with the busy business person in mind. The device rocks a 4.5 inch screen great for reviewing documents on-the-go, an amazing battery life that can keep up with a busy schedule and features like the BlackBerry Assistant that lets you manage emails, contacts and more using voice and text commands.

If you’re ready for a new device, the BlackBerry® Passport is now available with Rogers reservation system and will be in retail stores and at starting on Wednesday, October 1.

What feature has you talking?

Introducing Time-Lapse Selfies

 Attention all selfie-lovers, a new type of selfie has entered the playing field. As reported by Mashable, Hyperlapse,  Instagram’s newest  app for time-lapse videos, has updated to allow for iPhone users to shoot videos with front-facing cameras. Hyperlapse now comes with a small button that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras and alerts you when you are switching to “selfielapse” mode. To ensure your selfielapse doesn’t make your friends selfie-sick, the final video is put through the app’s stabilization process.

Tell us, will you be sharing a selfielapse?

Use MyRogers to watch more hockey this season

 12 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins and we’re gearing up for the show. This week we shared how to get MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your tablet or smartphone. MyRogers is the fastest gateway to your hockey action and you can sign up today by clicking here. A reminder that Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

How are you gearing up for the season?

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